Chair in Social Work

Queen's University Belfast - School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we’re a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

The post holder will provide leadership to one of the UK’s largest and most successful groups of academic social workers. Drawing on an established international reputation, the Professor of Social Work will provide strategic direction to the breadth and depth of national and international research underway and being planned within the social work group. The post will also involve playing a key role in the development of the quality and range of undergraduate/professional qualifying and post graduate/post qualifying teaching and training. The aim is to optimise social work as a core subject group within the diverse range of disciplines that make up the School’s vibrant academic community. The School is determined to appoint a professional champion with the commitment and capability of providing strategic direction to the next phase in the securely established history of social work at Queen’s.

Our five core values (Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Ambition, Connected) have been developed by staff and students. They express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as an international organisation.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Eligible for and willingness to seek required registration as a social worker with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.
  • PhD in Social Work or a cognate discipline.
  • Evidence of sustained record of research publications of international excellence in social work and/or cognate disciplines.
  • Evidence of having sustained, successful research supervision as primary supervisor at PhD level.
  • Evidence of major external research activities including securing grant income and research impact.
  • Evidence of sustained leadership on a portfolio of major externally funded research projects including completed and current research activity.
  • Research profile that complements the social work research priorities of the School.
  • Evidence of teaching that complements and enhances the School’s social work teaching activities.
  • Evidence of teaching at UG and PG levels.
  • Evidence of teaching professional social work courses.
  • Evidence of strategic academic leadership in social work research, programme development, teaching, staff development and management.
  • Evidence of membership of leadership roles in national and international research and professional networks.
  • Evidence of national and international peer esteem.
  • A clear vision on future research and development plans to enhance social work as a subject area.
  • A clear vision on strengthening both social work as a subject area and the School.

Full criteria can be found online at

Further information about the School can be found at

Informal enquires may be directed to Dr Gavin Davidson, email:

Anticipated interview date: Friday 16 February 2018

Salary will be determined in accordance with the appropriate Professorial ranges as applied within the University.

Closing date: Tuesday 12 December 2017

Apply online at For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.  It welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as people with disabilities and females are currently under-represented within the Professoriate, it would particularly welcome applications from these groups.

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